Plans to provide up to 1,700 homes in Dublin under a new type of private-public partnership have been given the go ahead by Dublin City councillors.

The houses and apartments will be built on sites at St Michael's Estate in Inchicore, O'Devaney Gardens in the north inner city and Oscar Traynor Road in Coolock.

Under a plan called the Land Initiative, developers will be able to build on council land according to an agreed masterplan and a mix of private and social housing.

Sinn Féin Cllr Daithí Doolan chair of Dublin City Council housing committee welcomed the decision.

"It will deliver over 500 social homes and 340 homes at affordable rent. Tonight is a major breakthrough, delivering the largest building programme for decades in Dublin".